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The uncoated packcloth upper resists brush and wetness without limiting breathability for added comfort; the Men's Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Gaiters are coated packcloth lower boot and an elastic bottom edge prevent snow, mud, and debris from entering your boot.


  • INTENDED USAGE:Light snow and debris protection for hiking, backpacking, and cross country ski boots
  • Uncoated 8 oz. packcloth leg section
  • Coated 8 oz. packcloth boot section
  • Strap and cam buckle top closure
  • 1-inch wide hook/loop front closure
  • Hook/loop shear tab at bottom of front closure prevents separation
  • Elastic bottom edge
  • Double-riveted boot lace hook
  • Hypalon® instep strap

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Review Summary

4.5 out of 5

32 Reviews

  • Build quality: 8
  • Great value: 7
  • Performance: 5
  • Ease of use: 4

  • Cost: 2
  • Bad design: 1
  • defective in my experience: 1
  • fastening process could be easier but no big deal: 1
Quality: 4.4 / 5
Durability: 4.2 / 5

32 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from UTAH
25-34 yrs

February 19, 2012

I was VERY hesitant to buy these, some reviews scared me away from them. I had no problem with them as they did the job they were meant for. They do run a little small and can be a little difficult to strap on if you've got larger boots but once they're on they keep your legs dry and very warm. I was surprised how comfortable they were and you don't have to keep pulling them up. I highly recommend these for any winter time activities.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value, Cons: Cost, size runs small
from Petoskey, MI
25-34 yrs

Rocky Mountain High Gaiters
January 08, 2011

I bought these gaiters for my boyfriend. He really likes them because they are lightweight and breathable so his calves don't get too hot, but they keep him completely dry. They are also nice because they fit over his xc ski boots tight enough to keep snow out, and are big enough to fit over his Keens and also his work boots. The strap at the top goes as tight as you need it and is easy to adjust, so you don't have to worry about them falling down. He is 6' and 180 lbs, I bought the XL based on his shoe size (11)... they fit his big calves and have enough space for him to wear jeans without them being all bunched up and uncomfortable. The only complaint he has is that the velcro closure can be a bit of a pain to get on straight, so a pair with hooks/clasps may be better if you hate velcro.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value

Excellent Gaiters
March 04, 2005

I wear these gaiters often in Vermont, 3 months of the year. Very well designed and superb materials. Absolutely waterproof. The length is very ample for deep snow. Truly, a quality product.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from San Francisco
35-44 yrs

Works Like It Should
December 05, 2011

Wore these on my trek to the Kilimanjaro summit and they worked very, very well. Good stuff as aways from OR. They were durable, kept my pants and sock clean/dry and easy to wash. The only negative I can provide is that you have to put them on a certain way/angle to make the buckle work which can be tiresome after a long day or when you aren't fully awake, yet. But I'd imagine you'd have to do that with any gators.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value, Cons: fastening process could be easier but no big deal

Good Gaiters
January 15, 2010

I bought these to keep snow, mud, dirt and debris out of my boots and they do just that. I live and hike in the Appalachians, here trail conditions and weather varies a lot, but after a dozen hikes this winter my feet have stayed dry. Also, I was pleased to discover that brush and briars slip right off them.

These Gaiters fit the bill.
November 24, 2006

These Gaiters fit right out of the packaging. They hold well on the leg and are great from keeping snow and water out of the top of your boot. These are the one item people forget to buy or bring on hiking trips. The people that do bring them, never forget them.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

from virginia
35-44 yrs

good sturdy product
October 15, 2010

I bought a pair of these for a recent trek through the Rwandan jungles. They held up very well. They were thick enough to provide excellent protection without being overly bulky or heavy. Would definitely recommend.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Does the job.
November 13, 2004

Hiked up to Panther Peak with waist deep snow in some spots. Not one molecule of H2O breached my new gaiters to assault my feet! Outstanding performance ;) My only quarrel is that they are a little pricey. Still though, a good value.

Good Product, Problems with Sizing
December 28, 2009

I really do like this product, but the leather strap should be a little longer for bulkier boots. Because the strap is too short, I cannot use the clip that attaches to the shoelace. This is a sizing issue, and maybe not so much the product. It is hard to guess the correct size when purchasing online, I wear a size 10 and I got the large because they were out of extra large. Maybe if I had gone with a size larger I wouldn't have this problem, but I am not sure. They still work well for keeping the snow out of my boots and keep me dry. They also keep my shins surprisingly warm. Overall, a pretty good investment for the price.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Arlington, Washington
18-24 yrs

Perfect for All Your Winter Adventures
January 13, 2011

I bought these gaiters last year for snowshoeing. When I first took them out of the box I was impressed with how durable the fabric felt, and the full length Velcro closure is very aggressive. It has yet to let any snow through. Ive used them for snowshoeing as well as winter hiking and climbing in the cascades. Ive hiked all day in them and been very comfortable, they breath well and don't make your legs uncomfortably warm like other gaiters Ive worn. Overall these are the best pair of gaiters Ive owned and I expect them to last many more seasons.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Great value

Good solid all-around gators
March 24, 2003

I have used these gators for the last few years. They have held up very well, I have only had to replace the lace that holds them down. I like how easy they are to ventilate at the top and to take on/off.

Good gaiters!
March 09, 2009

I used these on a yurt trip in 10" of fresh powder. The performance of the gear made for a very pleasant trip, snowshoeing through the woods.

Gets the job done
November 19, 2006

There's not much too gaiters; you wear them to protect your shins and keep junk from falling into your boots. After hiking in Glacier National Park with only ankle-high gaiters and getting my shins cut up by brush, I made the switch to the shin-high gaiters and my shins have been grateful. My only complaint about these gaiters is the string used to keep the gaiters down on your boots can easily come untied (which has happened to me) and be lost on a hike.

Snow defense
December 18, 2009

My husband delivers heating oil and propane. During the winter months, there are lots of customers who don't keep a path shoveled to their filler pipes and tanks. The gaiters do a great job of keeping the snow out of his boots. The design is perfect; especially the hook that goes around his boot laces to keep the gaiters tight against the foot of his boots. Buy these gaiters and tell winter snows to bring it on!!

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 3 / 5

Excellent Value
January 27, 2011

These gaiters seem to be a steal for the price. Quality built and durable, they're definitely what I expected from OR. Just two things I'd like to point out for those fastidious internet gear shoppers. 1. These are totally velcro closure. If you can't stand velcro, especially long strips of velcro that need aligned and smoothed perfectly to seal out moisture, don't buy these. 2. I wear a size 14 boot and the XL's just barely fit me correctly. There's not much stretch around the bottom of these (unlike the Cascadia gaiters) so don't assume that there's any size wiggle room. Otherwise, if you're like me and the other OR gaiters are out of your price range, you won't be disappointed with these.

Pros: Build quality, Great value
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
18-24 yrs

some misfortune
January 27, 2011

I bought these OR gaiters knowing they where a solid brand and knowing others who have OR gaiters. They seemed sturdy and worked great on my first weekend hiking/camping trip in the woods. Later on while inspecting my gaiters i noticed that at the top near the securing strap the seem started to tear and there is now a large hole in my gaiters. I had never washed them so that should answer any questions about damage due to washing machine. It seemed like an unlikely place for a tear but i think it was just due to a defective seam on this particular pair. That being said, I know people who have had OR gaiters for 4 or 5 years that have never had any problems with them. One last thing, the boot strap seems to be a little further back, or less centered, than i would like but it still served its purpose. Overall they worked great while they lasted.

Pros: Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Bad design

Good Gator
May 08, 2005

Good all round gator, but did not fit as well as others I have used (Mtn Hrdwr). It serves the purpose of a gator for general field use to keep ticks off.

Light and fast
February 01, 2005

Easy to get in and out of these light gaiters using velcro closure in front. Durable strap under the instep. If you wear a 46 (or size 12) you will definitely have to have size XL, and if you wear a larger boot than that, good luck.

I love my gators!
February 02, 2005

I have a problem with my feet and have not found boots wide enough in the toe box to eleviate the pain. I wear either my Dansko Sports or my Footprints made by Birkenstocks with my Rocky mountain High Gators which virtually turns them into boots keeping my feet dry.

Good quality for the dollar
December 22, 2009

Light duty and inexpensive gaiter. Fits snuggly over boot so no snow invades. Only issue is the cam lock system for the top closure, it does not always stay closed.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from chicago, il
35-44 yrs

March 14, 2011

They looked solid out from the box. It has yet to let any snow through. Ive used them for cross country sking in deep snow. Ive hiked all day in them and been very comfortable, they breath well and don't make your legs uncomfortably warm like other gaiters Ive worn. Overall these are the best pair of gaiters Ive owned and I expect them to last many more seasons.

Pros: Build quality, Cons: Cost

Why not wear your full gear
December 23, 2007

Gaiters help to protect my husbands legs as well as help insulate them. The sage and prickly bushes never touch or tear his pants but seem to slide right by. The snow doesn't fall into his boots and his feet stay warm. Why go out without them. They are easy to put on, comfortable to wear, and they look good too.

Awesome Gaiters
June 17, 2005

These things work great. They keep me comlpetely dry whether I'm hiking, or just shoveling the driveway. The velcro all the down the front makes them easy to take on and off.

Very nice product
December 22, 2009

OR's usual high quality. Nice, snug fit with ample velcro. Keeps the snow out and that's the name of the gaiter game.

poor fit
April 29, 2009

Sizing based on boot size isn't really going to work when boots aren't sized based on leg circumference. I hike and bike a lot, so my calves are a little overdeveloped, and I was really hoping these guys would get the fit right, but no such luck.

Great Product
January 02, 2010

Received as a gift for Christmas. Tried them out on a hike this morning and they work GREAT! Adjusted easily to fit under my boots and the hook and strap at the top held them in place very well. Nice snug fit.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Buffalo, NY
25-34 yrs

December 07, 2010

Soild pair of gaiters, comfortable, and high quality. My only problem with them is that because they are nylon they do not hold up to briar bushes too well; the nylon begins to fray. I've done a lot of hiking in these, and they have held up very well otherwise.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use

great gators
August 03, 2003

these gators keep the tics and mud off. Also. they're intelligently designed.. you can pull them on like socks, or unvelcro them and wrap them around your legs like a mini coat...

Great Gaiters
December 25, 2008

It's a very good product. I've used it several times in the North Country. I have even walked through thigh high snow and it kept my feet and pants dry, except for the exposed areas. I recommend this product for anyone faced with deep snow and winter hiking condition.s

These are handy
August 01, 2003

I found myself off trail on a nasty briar-deadfall mountain, although trail map said continue. What do you do? you pull out the gaiters and press on! It was hot and this gaiter felt fine on my bare legs. It breathed and protected my leg up to the knee. After crossing this segment, I rolled them off and folded them back into bag very easily.

Best Buy!
November 04, 2009

I've been looking everywhere for this! I wanted to wear my shoes longer into winter and these gaitors basically make my shoes into winter boots....amazing! I LOVE THEM!!

Great for the price
December 22, 2009

I live in snow country and these are great gaiters for the price. I would prefer a zipper closure instead of velcro, however the velcro seems to work fairly well so far.

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